Jul 15, 2015

Let's Get Weird

I'm reading an incredible book right now. Brain Storm, written by the guy who produced The Lion King and Beauty & the Beast. I've picked it up here and there over the past few months, but it's a book you read slowly. At least I do anyway. It's all about the creative process and it's a lot to chew on as I pour over every page and sentence and word. Anytime I'm in a slump creativity-wise, I pick it up and enjoy another few pages or chapters.
Last night I was reading a section all about how the creative process looks so different for everyone, but routine seems to be the number one thing that blocks a person's creativity. We wake up, get ready, eat the same breakfast, drive to work, work all day, drive home, eat, and have our normal evening routine- whatever that might be. All of a sudden you look up and we're all like "Where did that month go?" and I think it's because we don't mix it up enough.

When you do the same exact thing every single day, it's easy for days to blur together. In this book, Don Hahn says a couple times a week he tries to do something completely out of the ordinary- or, weird. Doing something that's not a part of our normal day-to-day routine, no matter how small, can really trigger a new idea or a creative streak. One of his examples was that as a non-runner, he just went to a park one day and ran as fast as he could for thirty seconds. Another time he went to a restaurant in a completely different part of town and ate dinner alone. Sometimes he takes a different route home from the office. He loves the hardware store even though he might not have any projects to do- he just likes to wander alone and think and take his time. His point was- it can be anything! Just get weird! Change things up!

You all know I like to write, but creativity can obviously be applied to millions of things in your life. It's so easy to fall into life's routine and feel like each day is the same as the previous one- but I don't want to be in that trap anymore. Anytime I do something outside the norm I truly do find myself feeling happier, more creative or even just more at peace with life as it is. It might sound silly, but do something weird this week and get out of your routine. I'd love to hear how someone else "got weird" and what it actually did for their brain.  Future link-up idea?? :)

20 comments:

  1. I couldn't agree more with this. I always feel better about myself and my life when I fit something different into my routine. At least once a week, I like to plan something for Wheat and I to do that we haven't done before. You'd think after three years that it would be hard to find things, but it's not! It doesn't have to be big things like go to a museum or try a new restaurant. It can be something as simple as do a YouTube tutorial together or ride bikes a different direction. I would love to hear what you plan to do to "get weird."

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  2. Interesting, I never really considered my routine being what is stopping me from being creative...but it makes total and complete sense!! Plus, I never turned down an invitation to be a weirdo. :)

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  3. Doing and seeing new things is so important to creativity! K and I try to explore at least once a week, take roads we don't usually take to see where they go or visit local places we've never been just to see what's there.

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  4. I love my routine, but I plan for breaks in it.

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  5. I love that idea! It's always fun when you can shake the week up a little bit :)

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  6. I love this! I'm going to have to get that book!

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  7. love the idea of doing something different or weird every now and again. keeps things fun!

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  8. Umm I love that idea! I have a love/hate relationship with routine. I hate when I go too long without a real routine (summer) but feel so tied down when I have an unchanging routine the other 9 months of the year. I'm going to start trying this.

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  9. I love this idea! I'm definitely a victim of the routine and it totally gets monotonous and boring! I need to actively remember to switch things up every so often. Great post!

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  10. I had never really thought about that but it makes so much sense! I have such a routine that I have a hard time coming up with ideas for even my blog! Time to get a little weird! :)
    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  11. Oh i think i need to read this book because routine is basically my middle name lol! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  12. what an awesome concept- that makes a TON of sense!

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  13. I love this!! My old yoga teacher used to always end the class by telling us to do something new- like take a new route to our next class or drive home a different way or say hi to a stranger or something. I used to do it all the time :) glad you brought it up and read that book! It reminded me to start doing "weird" things :)
    xo, Candace | Lovely Little Rants

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  14. I am the poster child for a person doing the same exact thing day in and day out during the week. That would be an awesome link up and would inspire me to actually do something different!

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  15. I think that's a great link-up idea! & such a good idea to get out of the norm from time to time. I like it...I like it a lot.

    Mandie ~ http://badbrewpack.blogspot.com/

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  16. Love this idea! I could totally get on board with a link up of this nature. :)

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  17. Ahhh I love this idea! I do love my routine but I think breaking it up in just small ways would still make a difference! Link-up for sure!!! :)

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  18. LOVE! It's so true that routine sucks up your time and makes it hard to think outside the box or get that creativity flowing. I'm all for some sort of lets get weird link up! :)

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  19. This is really a wonderful post.

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